The Commission has received monthly reports from Google, Facebook and Twitter addressing actions taken during March 2019 towards implementation of the commitments on electoral integrity. These reports are part of the intermediate targeted monitoring of the Code of Practice against disinformation ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019 and follow up on the reports submitted for February.
The Commission appreciates the efforts made by Facebook, Google and Twitter to increase transparency of political ads ahead of the European elections. It is however regrettable that Google and Twitter have not yet reported further progress on their policies towards issue-based advertising to ensure findability and full transparency of political ads in their libraries.
The Commission also welcomes the fact that the three signatories to the Code have taken action to scrutinise ads to exclude misrepresentation or spam. However, the quality of the information provided varies by platform.
Furthermore, Facebook, Google and Twitter have all demonstrated progress in March to ensure the integrity of their services, which shows they take the fight against malicious bots and fake accounts seriously.
On 16 April 2019, platforms met with national regulatory authorities, part of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) to explain to them their respective political ads policies and to discuss the functionality of their ads libraries.